Karnataka

Priority is to rebuild party, win back voters’ confidence: Kumaraswamy

Assessment: JD(S) leaders, including H.D. Deve Gowda, H.K. Kumaraswamy, H.D. Kumaraswamy, and H.D. Revanna, at a meeting in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Assessment: JD(S) leaders, including H.D. Deve Gowda, H.K. Kumaraswamy, H.D. Kumaraswamy, and H.D. Revanna, at a meeting in Bengaluru on Wednesday.  

Without committing on future of the coalition between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), caretaker Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said his first priority was to rebuild his party.

“I do not know about the future of the alliance with the Congress. I am not sure what Congress leaders decide on the issue,” Mr. Kumaraswamy told reporters here on Wednesday. The priority before the JD(S), he said, was to build the party and win back the confidence of voters. His comments came ahead of the JD(S) Legislature Party meeting — the first one after the fall of the government.

After the meeting, party national president H.D. Deve Gowda said they do not have any differences with the Congress, and spoke about similar sentiments expressed by Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao. Even the newly appointed party State president H.K. Kumaraswamy said, “At the moment, the alliance exists. Politics is not stagnant. Party leaders will take a call on the continuance of the alliance.”

Multiple sources in both the Congress and the JD(S) acknowledged that while continuation of the already shaky alliance after the fall of the coalition government remains doubtful, the alliance could sustain till byelections are held, if the Speaker accepts the resignations of 15 rebel legislators.

“There is a thought that both the parties could contest in respective constituencies that could be vacated by the legislators,” said a source.

A former JD(S) Minister said, “We will remain friends and will not accuse each other. We will remain in our respective parties and will work to strengthen our parties. There is no need for an alliance while in the Opposition,” he said. Future collaborations, if any, especially if a bypoll is held, could be decided considering political situations then, he added.

“Already, we have had friendly fight in the urban local bodies. This may continue unless a political exigency forces a rethink,” he said.

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